J. Marshall ShepherdProfessor and Director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program
University of Georgia
University of GeorgiaAthens, GA
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Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd joined the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA) in January 2006. He is a Full Tenured Professor and Director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program. He conducts research, advising, and teaching in atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes and urban climate systems. Prior to joining the UGA faculty, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a research meteorologist in the Earth-Sun Division at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Shepherd was also Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, which launches in 2013. Dr. Shepherd is current member of NASA Precipitation Science team. He conducts research on weather and climate systems using advanced satellites, experimental aircraft, radars, and sophisticated computer models. This research seeks to understand weather processes (i.e. thunderstorms, hurricanes, rainfall) atmospheric processes and to relate them to current weather and climate change. Dr. Shepherd is also interested in innovative strategies to infuse research data into applications and outreach communities. For his work on urban effects on precipitation, Dr. Shepherd received the highest federal award given to the Nation’s young scientists and engineers. He was honored on May 4th 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research. Dr. Shepherd was also recently elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. This honor is only given to two-tenths of one percent of the membership for outstanding scientific contributions in the atmospheric and related sciences. In 2011, Dr. Shepherd received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Florida State University (FSU) Black Alumni Association. He was also honored by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of their 2005 Hot List under 40 members, and The Network Journal magazine in 2005 as one of its “40 Under Forty”. Dr. Shepherd has over 60 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and is funded by NASA, USDA Forest Service, Department of Defense, NSF, and Department of Energy and to carry out his research.
Dr. Shepherd provides service to UGA and the larger scientific and educational communities. Dr. Shepherd was recently elected President-Elect of American Meteorological Society (AMS) and currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board and the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. Dr. Shepherd serves on the AMS Executive Council, and Executive Committee and has served on the Board of Women and Minorities, Membership Committee, and the Satellite Meteorology/Oceanography Committee. Dr. Shepherd also co-chaired the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta and was one of the first cohort of AMS/Industry Fellowship recipients in the early 1990s. He has also served as a member of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, the NOAA Climate Working Group, a National Academies of Science (NAS) panel considering the security implications of climate change on U.S. Naval operations, and a NAS Committee on Urban Meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a Project Associate for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project, an editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, and a pending member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board.. At UGA, he has served on the Franklin College Faculty Senate, Franklin College Task Force on Diversity, and his Department’s Advisory and Graduate Studies Committees.
Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University. He was the first African American to receive a PhD from the Florida State University Department of Meteorology, one of the nation’s oldest and respected. He is an AMS/TRW Industry and Dolores Auzene Fellow as well as a National Achievement Scholar. He is a member of Sigma Xi Research Honorary, Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honorary, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He frequently makes media (TV and radio) appearances as an expert on weather, climate, and remote sensing. He has appeared on Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, The Weather Channel and several others. Dr. Shepherd is also frequently asked to present findings and results to key personnel at NASA, Congress, the White House, Department of Defense, and officials from foreign countries. Dr. Shepherd is the author of forthcoming textbook, The Urban Climate System, and co-authored a children’s book on weather and weather instruments. In his spare time, Dr. Shepherd is an avid sports fan and also enjoys fitness training. Dr. Shepherd is also an audio-video-home theater enthusiast, scrabble expert, and CD collector. Dr. Shepherd is originally from Canton, Georgia. He is married to Ayana Shepherd and has two kids, Arissa (7) and Anderson (4).
Last Updated: 7/23/2012
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